Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Saving the Life Keepers

"From the semi deciduous forest of Mexico to the farm lands and cities of North America, learn how successful beekeepers overcome challenges and develop sustainable practices to improve the quality and quantity of bee populations. This documentary offers several practical solutions. These include: utilizing the biodiversity of plants, mass plantings of protein rich flowers, Queen bee mating yards, how to fight bee parasites and diseases without chemicals and antibiotics and finally, how beekeepers work successfully with productive and resistant Africanized bees. Saving the Life Keepers is a visual delight for the eyes and reveals how local citizens, farmers, small and large businesses as well as beekeepers can help protect and preserve bee populations throughout the world. A humanistic adventure based on the extraordinary realities of the present, this documentary marks the way to sustain the future for generations of people and bees yet to come."--Container.
Senario, Jocelyn Demers; director, Jocelyn Demers; production, Jocelyn Demers, Monde Films.
Camera, Erich Briehl, Steve Kocsis; photographers, Jocelyn Demers, Lewis Hadad, Temmuz Arsiray; editor, Jocelyn Demers; music, Neosounds.

Optional English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 62320-D 2013 65 minutes

Struggle for the Land: Interviews with participants at the six nations reclamations

Includes videos with reclamation site spokesperson Jacqueline House, Six Nations resident Robin Williams, supporter Mike Desroches, a member of the Mohawk Warrior Society, kitchen organizers Gene and Ruby, footage of the racist anti-native protests and a variety of interviews with Caledonia residents.


Askwith Media Library 46812-D 2007 90 minutes

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Visitor


Here is the acclaimed horror/sci fi cult classic, an intergalactic warrior battles alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.
Director, writer, Guilio Paradisi ; writer, Luciano Comici, Ovido Assonitis, Rober Mundi.
Cinematography, Enno Guarnieri; editing, Roberto Curi; music, Franco Micalizzi.
Shelley Winters, Peter Nero, Joanne Nail, John Huston, Lance Henriksen, Glenn Ford, Mel Ferrer, Paige Conner

Askwith Media Library 63143-D 1979 108 minutes

Askwith Media Library 63146-B
Blu-ray Special Features include: interviews with Lance Henriksen, Luciano Comici, Enno Guarnieri, trailers.

Saving Mr. Banks

When P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney's desire to bring her beloved character, Mary Poppins to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario's concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers' reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia.
Bonus features: Deleted scene: Nanny Song.
Disney presents; a Ruby Films/Essential Media and Entertainment production; in association with BBC Films and Hopscotch Features ; a John Lee Hancock film; produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer; written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith; directed by John Lee Hancock.
Music, Thomas Newman; costume designer, Daniel Orlandi; film editor, Mark Livolsi; production designer, Michael Corenblith; director of photography, John Schwartzman.
Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell, B. J. Novak.

English, dubbed French and dubbed Spanish language tracks (5.1 Dolby Digital); French, Spanish and Chinese subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH); English descriptive audio track for people with visual disabilities (DVS) (2.0 Dolby Digital).

Probably the best cast for a film. They all played the parts to perfection. Emma Thompson demonstrated a professionalism that when you see it you know your are watching a master crafts-person. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 63103-D (DVD)  63122-B (Blu-ray) 2013 125 minutes

Wild, Wild Planet

The way-out '60s meet the far-out 21st century in a psychedelic sci-fi head trip. Villains from the uberpowerful Corporations think they've found a way to defeat their rivals, the United Democracies: send robot minions to kidnap UD citizens, shrink them down to suitcase size and transport them to a planetoid for hideous human experiments. But a fearless rescue team is on the way!
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production; original screenplay by Ivan Reiner; produced by Joseph Fryd and Antonio Margheriti; directed by Anthony Dawson.
Tony Russell, Lisa Gastoni, Massimo Serato.

Askwith Media Library 62103-D 1965 93 minutes 

Warner Archive Collection
"This disc is expected to play back in DVD video "play only" devices, and may not play back in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives."

The Nano Revolution

"The Nano Revolution: It's a universe where scientists explore matter on a scale 80,000 times smaller than a human hair. Nanotechnology promises groundbreaking solutions to the most serious problems that threaten our future, but it's also a realm that poses serious philosophical, political and ethical questions."
Produced & directed by Takahiro Hamano, Tetsuya Itano; series producers, Michael Allder (CBC), FM Morrison (CBC), Takahiro Hamano (NHK), Olivier Julien (ARTE/Docside); scientific advisor, James Gimzewski; written by Takahiro Hamano, Akiko Nakano.

Narrator, David Suzuki; featuring Dr. James Gimzewski.
The Great David Suzuki. ~Mike

Originally broadcast as an episode of the CBC television series The Nature of things in October 2011.

Episode 1, Welcome to Nano City 63093-D 45 minutes Introduction -- The nano computer -- Security -- Confident and cautious.
"The invisible revolution of nano technology is already at work in our lives ... In this first episode Professor Jim Gimzewski from UCLA introduces us to the world of nanomaterials: to photocatalytic coatings that coat walls and windows, so they automatically clean themselves, and to a manmade nano fibre that is stronger yet lighter than steel. The episode then explores nano's potential role as invisible intelligence in security devices and the impact of ultimate miniaturization, and networking in computers. In Korea, we meet scientists who are working on nano-electronic tags [RFIDs] that will revolutionise the tracking of consumer goods. Japanese physicist Dr. Masakazu Aono is one of the world's leading nanomaterials scientists, and he is now collaborating with Professor Jim Gimzewski in an extraordinarily ambitious project - that seems closer to science fiction than contemporary science - the building of artificial neural systems."--The Nature of things website.

Episode 2, More than human? 63095-D 45 minutes Introduction -- Targeted delivery -- Regeneration -- Enhanced humans.
"Here again, nanotechnology is promoted as an enabling technology. Nano devices can provide a way to automate routine laboratory tests. They can deliver active treatment directly to affected cells, and that means fewer side effects with increased efficiency. Dr. Chad Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology at North Western University and he shows how with the new diagnostic devices a single sample allows doctors to do multiple tests. At the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard, we learn how nano devices can be used to destroy specific cancer cells. Through nanotechnology, the practice of medicine is evolving from treating disease and illness to a practice that is predictive, personalized, and pre-emptive. There is a medical future where permanent nano-devices can roam the body to monitor, and provide early diagnosis and take action against diseases. Nanotechnology is a powerful tool for advancing tissue engineering and stem cell therapy. Significant results have been obtained in creating artificial functioning interfaces between nerve fibers and electronic contact electrodes. This opens the way to control prosthetics and all kinds of implants."--The Nature of things website.

Episode 3, Will nano save the planet? 63094-D 45 minutes Introduction -- Water -- Nano ecosystems -- The nano contribution.
"In the third episode of The Nano Revolution ... we meet scientists who believe that nanotechnology may be the key to overcoming the biosphere's environmental problems. Dr. Vicki Colvin from Rice University field tests a simple low cost technique that could help the developing world clean arsenic out of contaminated ground water. The University of Toronto's Professor Ted Sargent outlines his research into nano solar cells that would make solar power cheaper and more efficient by capturing the sun's infrared rays. Professor Peter Dobson from Oxford University describes how adding cerium oxide in nano form to diesel fuel can make it both more efficient and clean up emissions. At the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Dennis O'Carroll demonstrates nano remediation of contaminated soil. But are we creating pollutants that are more dangerous than the ones we already have? What happens when nano-structured materials decay? The episode also visits Duke University in North Carolina, where Professor Mark Wiesner's team is investigating the possible environmental impact of silver nanoparticles already being used as anti-bacterial in consumer products. So, will nanotechnology save the Earth's environment? Or will it provide another way in which humans can harm nature?"--The Nature of things website.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Century of Self


Four programs describing the psycho/social issues affecting 20th century consumerism against the backdrop of the development of Freudian psychology.
Part 1. The Happiness machines. Explores the emotional connection to consumerism and the psychological motivation of desires over needs through the historical context of the early 20th century; the use of propaganda and the promotion of Freudian ideologies. The work of Edward L. Bernays, public relations specialist and nephew of Freud, is discussed -- Part 2. The Engineering of consent.  Post-WWII growth of psychoanalysis in America. Comments on the work of Ernest Dichter -- Part 3. There is a policeman inside all our heads, he must be destroyed. 1960's questioning of Freudian principles, liberation of feelings vs. suppressing primitive animal instincts -- Part 4. Eight people sipping wine in Kettering: "Satisfaction of individual feelings and desire is our highest priority." How politicians in Britain and America create, control and respond to this idea.
Written and produced by Adam Curtis.
Videorecording of the 2002 BBC series, Century of the Self, Programmes 1-4.
Each segment: 59 minutes.

Askwith Media Library 46753-D 

Wonders of the Solar System

Explores some of the most amazing features of our very own solar system, how the forces of nature carved out beauty and order from the chaos of space, how our home planet doesn't sit in magnificent isolation but is intimately connected with the rest of the solar system, and how these connections have created the haven we call Earth.
Special features include 2 Horizon programs hosted by Brian Cox: What on earth is wrong with gravity and Do you know what time it is?
Disc 1. Empire of the sun (written & directed by Gideon Bradshaw) -- Order out of chaos (written & directed by Michael Lachmann) -- The thin blue line (written & directed by Chris Holt); Disc 2. Dead or alive (written & directed by Paul Olding) -- Aliens (written & directed by Michael Lachmann); Disc 3. Horizon documentaries: What on earth is wrong with gravity? (2008, written & directed by Paul Olding; camera, Paul Jenkins; editor, Doug Bryson) -- Do you know what time it is? (2008, directed & produced by Paul Olding; camera, Christopher Titus King; editor, Doug Bryson).
2 entertain Video Ltd.; BBC Productions; A BBC/Science Channel co-production; executive producer, Andrew Cohen; series producer Danielle Peck.
Directors of photography, Kevin White, Paul Jenkins, Christopher Titus King; film editors, Darren Jonusas, Gerard Evans, Martin Johnson, Louise Salkow, Lee Sutton; original music, Sheridan Tongue.
Presented by Brian Cox.

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.

Askwith Media Library 2008 55507-D 3 discs 293 minutes DVD,  56325-B 2 discs 293 minutes Blu-ray  

Connections -James Burke

Askwith Media Library 1978 33824-D, 33825-D, 33826-D, 33827-D, 33828-D 
A series presenting science as a detective story illustrating the connections between events of the past and inventions of the future. Part 5: Traces the connection between medieval astrology, ancient Greek medical manuscripts, the need for precise measuring devices and the invention of such things as the telescope, forged steel and interchangeable machine parts. Part 6: Details many of the changes in building construction and energy usage which occurred when the climate of Europe changed dramatically.
Pt. 1. The trigger effect (52 min.) -- Pt. 2. Death in the morning (52 min.)

Connections 2 43634-D 1996 5 discs 92 minutes each
James Burke back tracks the fascinating links between technological invention, social history, economics, and, well, everything.
Disc 1. Revolutions; Sentimental journeys; Getting it together; Whodunit? -- Disc 2. Something for nothing ; Echoes of the past; Photo finish; Separate ways -- Disc 3. High time; Deja vu; New harmony; Hot pickle -- Disc 4. The big spin; Bright ideas; Making waves; Routes -- Disc 5. One word; Sign here; Better than the real thing; Flexible response.

Connections 3 43633-D 2003 5 discs 104 minutes each
Explores the origins and effects of those inventions that shape our modern world.
Disc 1. Feedback; What's in a name -- Disc 2. Drop the apple; An invisible object -- Disc 3. Life is no picnic; Elementary stuff -- Disc 4. A special place; Fire from the sky -- Disc 5. Hit the water; In touch.
Writer/producer, James Burke; director, John Black.

"English subtitles"

The Hour (BBC)

Series One 56390-D 2011 2 discs 360 minutes
A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program.
Kudos Productions Ltd.; writer, Abi Morgan; director, Coky Giedroyc, Harry Bradbeer.
Dominic West, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw.
Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Series Two 59623-D 2012 2 discs 360 minutes
"Rejoining The Hour a year on in 1957, the team are still striving to broadcast the stories they believe in, grappling with the disturbing threat of the Cold War and a country in the grip of unsettling, rapid change. Bel is still single and determined not to get involved with another married man, but finds herself taking on her adversary Bill Kendall, an ITV producer whose magnetic charm she can't help but find irresistible. Hector has risen to the status of a national celebrity and, drawn into the seductive glamour of Soho nightclub, El Paradis, falls under the spell of the beautiful and seductive KiKi. No longer happy at The Hour under Randall's new regime, he is tempted by offers from ITV, but when a night at the club goes badly wrong, scandal threatens and Hector must try and stop a news story that could destroy his marriage and his career. Investigative reporter Freddie makes an unexpected return to uncover and tackle police corruption within the world of Soho crime and vice"--Container.
BBC; written and created by Abi Morgan; produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts; directed by Sandra Goldbacher, Catherine Morshead, Jamie Payne.
Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Peter Capaldi, Hannah Tointon, Tom Burke, Anna Chancellor, Oona Chaplin.
Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Inspector Morse Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Collection

In this intriguing British crime fiction series, renowned actor John Thaw (Kavanagh Q.C.) delivers a compelling performance as the irritable and morose, but brilliant Chief Inspector Morse. In partnership with his dependable Detective Sergeant Lewis (Kevin Whately – Inspector Lewis), Morse investigates complex cases of death and murder in the atmospheric university town of Oxford, England. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the award winning Inspector Morse television series, this complete murder mystery collection contains all thirty-three episodes, plus 3 bonus programs, The Making of Morse, The Story of Morse and the 25th Anniversary special, Inspector Morse’s Oxford. Also included is the fascinating guidebook, The Oxford of Inspector Morse, by Bill Leonard.
Set One : Dead of Jericho: Disc 1: Dead of Jericho -- Disc 2: Silent world of Nicholas Quinn - Disc 3: Service of all the dead -- Set Two: Last seen wearing: Disc 4: Wolvercote tongue -- Disc 5: Last seen wearing -- Disc 6: Settling of the sun -- Set Three: Last enemy: Disc 7: Last bus to Woodstock -- Disc 8: Ghost in the machine --Disc 9: Last enemy --Set four: The infernal serpent: Disc 10: Deceived by flight --Disc 11: Secret of Bay 5B --Disc 12: Infernal serpent -- Set Five: Masonic mysteries: Disc 13: Sins of the fathers -- Disc 14: Driven to distraction -- Disc 15: Masonic mysteries -- Set Six: Fat chance: Second time around -- Disc 17: Fat chance -- Disc 18: Who killed Harry Field? -- Set Seven: Promised land: Disc 19: Greeks bearing gifts -- Disc 20: Promised land -- Disc 21: Dead on time -- Set Eight: The death of the self:  Disc 22: Happy families -- Disc 23: Death of the self -- Disc 24: Absolute conviction -- Set Nine: The day of the devil: Disc 25: Cherubim & Seraphim -- Disc 2: Deadly slumber -- Disc 27: Day of the devil -- Set Ten: Twilight of the Gods: Disc 28: Twilight of the gods -- Disc 29: Way through the woods -- Disc 30: Daughters of Cain -- Set Eleven: The wench is dead: Disc 31: Death is now my neighbour -- Disc 32: Wench is dead -- Disc 33: Remorseful day -- Disc 34: Inspector Morse's Oxford: the inspirational setting for the Morse Murder Mysteries -- Disc 35: Story of Morse -- Disc 36: Making of Morse.

Askwith Media Library 63058-D 36 videodiscs (ca. 3600 min.)
Originally broadcast on British television from 1987 - 2000.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Bronze Screen: 100 years of the Latino image in Hollywood

The Bronze screen honors the past, illuminates the present, and opens a window to the future of Latinos in motion pictures. From silent movies to urban gang films, stereotypes of the Greaser, the Lazy Mexican, the Latin lover and the Dark lady are examined. Rare and extensive footage traces the progression of this distorted screen image to the increased prominence of today's Latino actors, writers and directors.
Special features: Film trailers as tributes to three of the most influential and legendary Latino forces in Hollywood history: Anthony Quinn, Rita Hayworth, Rita Moreno.
Bronze Screen Productions in association with the Latino Entertainment Media Institute; producer/director, Susan Racho, Nancy de Los Santos; writer, Nancy de Los Santos, Susan Racho.
Editor, Joan Zapata, Daniel Martinez, Cesar Martinez; director of photography, Tom Evans.

Askwith Media Library 39078-D 2002 120 minutes

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Slanted Screen: Asian men in film & Television

"From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle, The slanted screen explores the portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limiting roles. The film presents a critical examination of Hollywood's image-making machine, through a fascinating parade of 50 film clips spanning a century."--Producer.
Special features: a tribute to Mako (8 min.); "Influencing the image makers": Oct. 5, 2006 panel discussion at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (45 min.); DVD-ROM access to website.
Asian American Media Mafia Productions presents; written, directed and produced by Jeff Adachi; co-produced by Alex Yeung.
Editor, Alex Yeung; principal photography, Ann Kaneko; score, Michael Becker; narrator, Rowena Cape.
Interviewees: Mako, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, James Shigeta, Dustin Nguyen, Phillip Rhee, Will Yun Lee, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Bobby Lee, Terence Chang, Heidi Levitt, Frank Chin, Gene Cajayon, Eric Byler.
Panelists: Chemin Barnard, George Sunga, Henry Chan, Weiko Lin, Perry Shen, Gary Zuckerbrod, Angel Rivera, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa; moderator, Teddy Zee.

Askwith Media Library 43472-D 2006 61 minutes 

Reel Injun

Hollywood has an impressive track record, one that spans more than 4,000 films, of blatantly misrepresenting Native people and their cultures. Featuring interviews with filmmakers and activists such as Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch and Russell Means, Reel Injun delves into the fascinating history of the Hollywood Indian with razor-sharp insight and humor, tracing its checkered cinematic evolution from the silent film era to today.
Hollywood et les Indiens Rezolution Pictures International Inc. in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, in association with CBC Newsworld, Telefilm Canada, and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program present; produced in association with Telepool & Bayerischer Rundfunk-Arté / Germany, AVRO Television / Netherlands; director, Neil Diamond; co-directors, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes; producers, Christina Fon, Catherine Bainbridge, Linda Ludwick; producer for CBC Newsworld, Catherine Olsen; producer for the NFB, Adam Symansky; writers, Catherine Bainbridge, Neil Diamond, Jeremiah Hayes.
Director of photography, Edith Labbé; editor, Jeremiah Hayes; original soundtrack, Claude Castonguay, Mona Laviolette.
Featuring Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Russell Means, Graham Greene, Adam Beach, John Trudell.

English audio; optional version of feature with French menu, titles, credits, and subtitles; English closed-captions.

Askwith Media Library 54222-D 2009 88 minutes

Melvin Van Peebles' Classified X

Examines the treatment of black characters throughout the history of American cinema, using examples from classic films beginning with footage by Thomas Edison in 1903 to the present, tracing how Hollywood has aided and abetted the public perception of the African-American. From its earliest days, Hollywood reflected society's fear of blacks and countered with wish-fulfilling images of African-Americans as servile, ignorant, superstitious, or untrustworthy.
La Sept ARTE, Les Films d'Ici, Ecoutez Voir, Yeah Inc. in association with Channel Four ; a film by Melvin Van Peebles.
Director/photography, Mark Daniels; writer, Melvin Van Peebles; producers, Yves Jeanneau, Christine Le Goff; editors, Catherine Mabilat, Janice Jones.
Narrator: Melvin Van Peebles.

Askwith Media Library 32020-D 1998 50 minutes

Slaying the Dragon and Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded


Slaying the Dragon Youtube
Slaying the Dragon Reloaded Youtube

Describes racial and gender stereotyping of Asian women in U.S. motion pictures as well as other filmic media, with "Reloaded" updating the original documentary by noting the effects of globalization and a changing population within the past 25 years. Includes interviews with actresses and other Asian American women who describe their experiences of such stereotyping.
KQED, San Francisco, in 1987; Slaying the dragon: reloaded originally produced as a documentary film in 2011.
Producer, director. Deborah Gee; KQED project director, Pamela Porter; camera, Emiko Omori, David Werk; editor, Blair Gershkow; music, Mark Ream.
Reloaded: Producer, director, writer, Elaine H. Kim; editor, Chelsea Walton; music, Hiro Matsuo; camera, Casey Peck, Herman Lew, Irum Shiekh, Marissa Aroy.
Special features: Disc 1: trailer; Disc 2: Director's footnote (Elaine H. Kim, ca. 12 min.), trailer.
Narrator, Herb Wong.

Disc 1. Slaying the dragon (1987, 58 min.) -- Disc 2. Slaying the dragon: reloaded (2011, 30 min.)

Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Askwith Media Library 55646-D 1987 & 20011

Valentino's Ghost: Images of Arabs/Muslims in the American mainstream media

Valentino's Ghost takes viewers on a chronological journey through more than a century of images of Muslims, Arabs and Islam in the U.S. media, from the early 20th-century fantasies of romantic sheiks to today's damaging stereotypes as evil fanatics. Through interviews with Robert Fisk, Niall Ferguson, and John Mearsheimer amongst others, the film shows the way in which the changing image of Arabs and Muslims has mirrored America's political agenda in the Middle East. Valentino's Ghost aims to sharpen viewers' media literacy and increase their skills in questioning media representations, especially those of minority groups and people with whom our government is in conflict. The film ends with a report of a few Hollywood films that have provided complex images and avoided ethnic stereotyping.
Extras include 22 minutes of extended interviews with Robert Fisk, Niall Ferguson, John Mearsheimer, Melani McAlister, Alan Sharp plus 5 clips [2:32] from comics Aron Kader and Maz Jobrani.
Written and directed by Michael Singh; produced by Michael Singh, Catherine Jordan.
Narrator, Michael Singh

SDH captioned (Closed captioned)

Askwith Media Library 57030-D 2011 93 minutes

The Detroit Documentaries & Stranded at the Corner (Gary Glaser)

Borderline: The Story of 8 Mile Road

The Hudson's building: an Urban Garlic production; directed by Gary Glaser; written and produced by Gary Glaser, Dave Toorongian. Documentary (ca. 45 min.) about the history of the Hudson's Department Store in downtown Detroit, and the debate over possible demolition of the structure after its abandonment by The Hudson's in 1983. Includes historic photos, home movies, Hudson's employee and customer interviews as well as city planners, developers, and city council.

Borderline: the story of 8 Mile Road an Urban Garlic production; directed by Gary Glaser; written and produced by Gary Glaser, Dave Toorongian. Documentary (ca. 30 min.) about 8 Mile Road. From topless dancers and the neighborhood groups that battle them, to storefront preachers and the homeless people they minister, 8 mile remains Detroit's most notorious boundary. Part history, part pop culture, this film is about a ride down 8 Mile, the borderline between Detroit City and Metro Detroit suburbs.

Train Station produced by David Isern and Gary Glaser; [directed by Gary Glaser]. Documentary (28 min.) about the historic Michigan Central Train Depot, built in 1913 by Warren and Wetmore, the same architectural firm that built Grand Central Station in New York. The last train left the station on January 6, 1988, and the station has sat vacant since then. This documentary was shot in 1988 when the building was still accessible and weaves personal memories with stunning visuals of the train station.

Askwith Media Library 43678-D 2006 103 minutes

Stranded at the corner: the battle to save historic Tiger Stadium

Michigan & Trumbull, LLC presents a Gary Glaser production; directed by Gary Glaser; producers Gary Glaser, Richard Bak; executive producer Peter Comstock Riley.

Askwith Media Library 43485-D 2006 90 minutes

Grey Gardens



Portrait of the relationship between Edith Bouvier Beale and her grown daughter, Little Edie, once and aspiring actress in New York who left her career to care for her aging mother in their East Hampton home, and never left again. The aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis feed their cats and raccoons and rehash their pasts behind the walls of their decaying mansion, Grey Gardens.
Special features: New transfer; audio commentary by directors Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, and associate producer Susan Froemke; excerpts from recorded interview with Little Edie Beale by Kathryn G. Graham for Interview magazine (1976); video interviews with fashion designers Todd Olham and John Bartlett on the continuing influence of Grey Gardens; hundreds of behind-the-scenes photographs; trailers; filmographies.
Janus Films, a Maysles Films Inc. production; producers, David Maysles, Albert Maysles; directors, David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer and Susan Froemke.
Directors of photography, Albert Maysles, David Maysles; editors, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Susan Foemke.
Edith Bouvier Beale, Edie Beale.

Closed captioned.
Askwith Media Library 41911-D 1976 94 minutes

Ghosts of Grey Gardens
In 1975, Albert and David Maysles documented the lives of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, with a film camera and a tape recorder. Ghosts of Grey Gardens is a 30th anniversary homage to the groundbreaking documentary, Grey Gardens. The director, Greenfield-Sanders, interviews the original co-director, Albert Maysles, and others on the impact of Grey Gardens in their lives. She also interviews the current owners of the Grey Gardens estate and films a tour of the house and grounds as they look today.
Coney Island Red Productions presents a film by Liliana Greenfield-Sanders; directed, produced and edited by Liliana Greenfield-Sanders.
Albert Maysles, Benjamin C. Bradlee, Beauregard Houston-Montgomery, Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, Todd Oldham, Sally Quinn, Johanna Went. Music, Sebastian Blanck.
Askwith Media Library 55504-D 2005 33 minutes

The Beales of Grey Gardens
After Grey Gardens, the portrait of the relationship between Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Little Edie, spawned everything from a midnight-movie cult following to a Broadway musical to an upcoming Hollywood adaptation, the filmmakers went back to their 1976 vaults to create this tribute to both the Beale women and their legion of fans.
Produced by Tanja Meding ; directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles.
Cinematographer, Albert Maysles ; editor, Ian Markiewicz.
Interviews with Edith Beale, Little Edie Beale, Gerard Joseph Torre, Lois Wright.

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Askwith Media Library 45397-D 2006 91 minutes

Grey Gardens (HBO movie)
Based on the life stories Edith "Big Edie" Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale who are the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis. They were raised as Park Avenue débutantes, but withdrew from New York society. They took shelter at their Long Island summer home called 'Grey Gardens.' As their wealth and contact with the outside world dwindled, so did their grasp on reality. They were reintroduced to the world when international tabloids learned of a health department raid on their home. At that point, Jackie swooped in to save her relatives.
HBO Films; etc.films; Specialty Films; produced by David Coatsworth, Michael Sucsy; story by Michael Sucsy; teleplay by Michael Sucsy and Patricia Rozema; directed by Michael Sucsy. Director of photography, Mike Eley; editor, Alan Heim; music, Rachel Portman.
Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange, Daniel Baldwin, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ken Howard.

English or dubbed Spanish dialogue; English, French, or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Askwith Media Library 50056-D 2009 104 minutes


From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-potties to them all. A true unsung hero, Kenny does one of society's dirtiest jobs. Kenny struggles to juggle family tensions, fatherhood and sewage. Part philosopher, part comedian and all heart.
Thunderbox Films; produced by Clayton Jacobson, Rohan Timlock; written by Clayton Jacobson, Shane Jacobson; directed by Clayton Jacobson.
Editors, Clayton Jacobson, Sean Lander; music, Richard Pleasance.
Shane Jacobson, Jesse Jacobson, Ronald Jacobson, Eve von Bibra, Chris Davis.

English dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the Australian impaired.

Askwith Media Library 50072-D 2008 93 minutes

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Atanasoff: Father of the computer

(Trailer unavailable. This is a non related interview)

"Who invented one of the most important devices in human history? Significant inventions tend to make their creators famous. Most people know who invented the telephone, the light bulb, the airplane. But what about the digital computer?" -- Container.
Written by Kirwan Cox, Mila Aung-Thwin; directed by Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross; producers: Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross.

Askwith Media Library 63272-D 2012 46 mnutes

Howard Zinn: You can't be neutral on a moving train: A documentary

Documents the life and times of Howard Zinn, the historian, activist and author of the best selling classic "A People's History of the United States." Features archival materials, interviews with Zinn as well as colleagues and friends including Noam Chomsky, Marian Wright Edelman, Daniel Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice Walker.
Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller.
Music, Billy Bragg, Woody Guthrie and Eddie Vedder.
Narrator, Matt Damon.

A great American Hero. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 40854-D 2003 78 minutes